March 24, 2010
By Dan King
But with so many family members dying she took on the responsibility of raising not only her children (five, if I recall correctly), but also raising many of her nieces and nephews who would have been orphans without Auntie Monica’s help.
So for Monica, microfinance helped her to make some additional income with her small poultry farm so that she could raise these kids. She made money to feed them, and to send most of them to school. Sending them to school was important to her because she knew the impact that a good education would have in helping these kids succeed.
Her example of selflessness moved me pretty deeply. Everything in her life either had to do with losing the people that were close to her or providing for the children impacted by those losses.
I don’t know if she realizes it or not, but she taught me a lot that day.